To a large extent, modern America was built on the back of the Intercontinental railway system. Trains carried many of our ancestors across country to their new home. They brought the tools and supplies needed to support them in their new lives.
As genealogy researchers, we are familiar with land grants given as pension payment for services in the Revolutionary War, War of 1812 and other service to the nation.
Most researchers are less familiar with the land grants given to the companies who built the railroad.
Given the immense value of the railroads in our ancestors lives, learning about their initial construction and the governmental environment that surrounded them.
Thanks to Google Books, we have the lecture delivered by E. T. Peters on The Policy of Railroad Land Grants.